When creating a dynamic website you are going to need a database backend for use as a central location where all of the data that is relevant to your website can be stored so it can then be accessed by all of the dynamic web pages that will have access to your database credentials. If you are only running a small website then you will find that a standard shared web hosting package will provide you with the capacity that you require in order to use a small database with your website; if you have more complex requirements then you may wish to use a more complex solution such as database server hosting – a separate database server will provide you with its own advantages. Both Linux and Windows web hosting services are able to support database services to a good extent with MySQL being one database standard that is capable of functioning correctly on both operating systems. There are also platform specific database servers available for use depending on what your exact requirements are, although at the end of the day your choice of database application and/or server is more likely to be based on the scripting language that you use as the basis of your website.
A website can only be classed as a dynamic website if it has been created using a scripting language that has then been linked back to an external database where all of the website’s content is stored. You can choose between using database server applications and more simpler desktop database applications that will store all of your content in a single file rather than serving it through a service. Databases that are served through database servers tend to be more secure than those that are single files as files can be easily downloaded if they are stored within the publicly accessible web space.
Database applications are available for both Windows and Linux servers meaning that your choice of operating system is unlikely to affect your choice of database application; the one factor that is more likely to affect your choice is going to be your choice of scripting language. For example, if you choose to use the PHP scripting language for the development of your dynamic website then you are more likely to consider the MySQL database server for your database hosting requirements; when using classic ASP or ASP.NET you are going to be more intent on using Microsoft database applications such as Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access.
A shared web hosting package should be able to provide you with the facilities that will allow you to host at least one database within the web space that you have purchased, thus providing you with the resources required for the running of a small website. Often you will find that web hosting providers are going to be more willing to offer the facility to host an unlimited number of databases under your shared web hosting account, although at the end of the day you are still going to be limited by the amount of disk space that you have available to use.
VPS server and dedicated server hosting solutions are only recommended for larger businesses that have the money to spend on such infrastructures and at the same time are able to justify the cost of having a dedicated database hosting setup. Dedicated database hosting solutions can boost your overall uptime and will provide a level of performance that can’t be offered by single-server database configurations. Dedicated hosting solutions also offer you the scope for expansion into clustered setups if you are after a fail-proof database hosting solution.
In conclusion, database hosting is a form of hosting that has many different branches for you to explore depending on what your exact requirements are. A database is at the heart of most websites these days as webmasters have realised the benefits of using Content Management Systems and other such solutions that store the content that they create in one central location. Guides to creating databases are available in most web hosting provider’s knolwedgebases if it is a practise that you are unfamiliar with; if you are experienced enough then your web hosting provider will provide you with free reign over your databases and how you use them.